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Location: Hilton Head, SC
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet, which serves the South Carolina Lowcountry, is seeking a local government reporter.
The ideal candidate will have at least a year of reporting experience with emphasis on hard news. Clips should demonstrate energy, tenacity, enterprise and an ability to grasp complex issues and a crisp, clear writing style.
To emphasize: Only applicants who write clearly and fluidly will be considered.
Local government coverage in our area includes a variety of issues:
• Population growth that’s outpacing governments’ ability to service it.
• A fragile coastal environment threatened by development.
• Issues arising from a rapid influx of immigrants into the area.
• Difficulties local governments face because of declining revenues.
• Changes in tax laws that affect local governments' ability to provide services.
The reporter also will have ample opportunity to cover interesting, high-visibility stories off the beat, too.
The Packet is owned by The McClatchy Co. The newspaper serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and other communities on Beaufort County’s mainland. The newspaper is a consistent award winner in state and regional newspaper competitions. The Packet's sister paper, The Beaufort Gazette, serves a neighboring city to the north, Beaufort. The papers are located in a robustly growing area with beautiful natural surroundings, a rich history and a diverse culture.
McClatchy is the nation's third largest newspaper group. It has high journalistic standards and embraces an array of new strategies for serving online readers. Other McClatchy papers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The (Fort Worth) Star- Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.
We offer a competitive pay and benefits package.
Please e-mail three items: 1) A one-page cover letter; 2) a one-page resume, and 3) links to no more than a dozen clips that represent your best reporting and writing. E-mail these items to email@example.com. PLEASE MENTION GORKANA WHEN APPLYING!
The resume should include professional and academic highlights, dates of graduation and job changes/promotions, scholarships and awards, and names and telephone numbers of at least three references — including professional references. Please do not omit the references on your resume. If you don’t want us to contact them until checking with you, make that clear on your resume.
The content of your letter and resume, as well as your clips, will be key in determining whether to proceed with your application.
No telephone calls please.